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Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks
     

Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks

by Theresa M. Senft
 

ISBN-10: 0820456942

ISBN-13: 9780820456942

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This book is a critical and ethnographic study of camgirls: women who broadcast themselves over the web for the general public while trying to cultivate a measure of celebrity in the process. The book’s over-arching question is, «What does it mean for feminists to speak about the personal as political in a networked society that encourages women to

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This book is a critical and ethnographic study of camgirls: women who broadcast themselves over the web for the general public while trying to cultivate a measure of celebrity in the process. The book’s over-arching question is, «What does it mean for feminists to speak about the personal as political in a networked society that encourages women to ‘represent’ through confession, celebrity, and sexual display, but punishes too much visibility with conservative censure and backlash?» The narrative follows that of the camgirl phenomenon, beginning with the earliest experiments in personal homecamming and ending with the newest forms of identity and community being articulated through social networking sites like Live Journal, YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook. It is grounded in interviews, performance analysis of events transpiring between camgirls and their viewers, and the author’s own experiences as an ersatz camgirl while conducting the research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820456942
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Digital Formations Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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